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Snake Sultan, The

45' (GER, ENG subs)
No one in the world ventures to come as near to such poisonous snakes as the Snake Sultan and his children do.

In some regions poisonous snakebites are the second-highest cause of death. Antiserum could rescue many. However, for its production the snakes as well as their poisons are needed. Snake-catchers such as Reza Gholami, who is considered as the best: Iranians call him The Snake Sultan, are of utmost importance to this process. The man from the nomadic tribe of the Bakhtiari catches the poisonous snakes with his bare hand and delivers them to the Iranian central Serum institute for the production of antivenom.

He is accompanied by his sons Ali (8 years) and Hassan (6 years). After they had reached the age of six months, he built up their resistance by injecting them tiny amounts of snake poison. They have grown up with snakes and have no fear even from the most toxic ones.
Gholami even grabs the cobra's head with his mouth: One gram of its poison can kill 85 people. With his spectacular demonstrations Gholami pursues a serious ulterior motive: He wants to defeat the common fear of snakes as this leads either to fatal injuries or to the extinction of the snakes.
No one in the world ventures to come as near to such poisonous snakes as the Snake Sultan and his children do.
Original Title: Schlangensultan, Der
Year: 2012
Length: 45' (GER, ENG subs)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Dariusch Rafiy
Produced by: 3w Production

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